E3 2011 is heating up and EA has delivered a couple of very important release dates. < /p.
First up is the hotly anticipated Battlefield 3 , which is now slated to hit the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC on October 25, which means it gets the jump on its primary competition, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 . The latter launches on November 8. Fans can also nab the Battlefield 3 special edition, which features the Back to Karkand expansion, which is an add-on that boasts updated multiplayer maps from Battlefield 2 . There's also a beta test, and that's scheduled to start in September; DICE says the beta will be "open" but we don't have full sign-up details just yet.
Then there's BioWare's Mass Effect 3 , which has received a launch date of March 6, 2012. The Xbox 360 version of the game will let players give voice commands in combat through Kinect; one of the sweet new features revealed for the game. ME3 had initially been scheduled for a holiday 2011 release but was recently delayed. However, we figure that with the onslaught of titles slated for the fourth quarter this year, gamers will have plenty to tide them over until the third Mass Effect arrives next March.